Let us just assume that this Balanced Budget amendment passes and is fully ratified. What will ensue is almost certainly going to be chaos. Congress will be forced to cut EVERYTHING from our healthcare, to our public education, and even our veterans' benefits in order to achieve a balance budget each fiscal year. Not to mention the fact that taxes will certainly be increased immediately (on mostly middle-class Americans) since Congress can only cut so much. If you are willing to live without adequate Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, public roads, or even school funding, then this amendment is for you. If not, then you are now an informed citizen. We can reduce the deficit to zero over time, but it has to be done step-by-step and only after the American economy is doing well for EVERYONE.